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March 22, 2014

Chester Moore column: Gearing up for flounder requires attention to detail

PORT ARTHUR —     Last weekend’s column dealt with specific flounder fishing techniques. This week I would like to address some of the specific gear I use in local waters. All of these are items I have used extensively over the last few years and they are all affordable.

     When I stepped into the world of seeking flounder with artificial lures 20 years ago I had no idea just how much specific rods, line and colors of lures could make a difference.

    In the description of these products you will see that in a big way.

    2.5-inch Sassy Shad: This small shad imitation from Mr. Twister in the clear/silver flake/black back caught the vast majority of flounder for me over the last two years. They seem to be wanting something small and when the water is clear I offer up this lifelike shad imitation rigged on a 1/16-ounce jighead. Tipped with a small piece of shrimp it has proven to be a deadly combo.

   Pflueger Arbor 7440 Spin Combo: This is nice, affordable spinning combo that is great for the kind of flounder fishing I mainly do, which involves pitching, flipping and making precision casts along marshy shorelines and around structure. I have used this a lot and found the rod has a nice combination of backbone and a sensitive tip. In addition, the reel works great for braid or monofilament.

    In fact, I have been using braid without a mono backing and have had zero problems with those mysterious spinning reel backlashes and strange loops that pop up. Now, I will say this does not qualify as a stiff “pool cue” rod like I often use but for most flounder fishing applications it is more than adequate.

    The rod I have is medium and it works fine and has even helped me haul some six and seven-pound class largemouth bass out of super heavy structure on top of some decent flounder catches.

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     Summer is one of the best times to seek catfish in Southeast Texas and thankfully, for local anglers without a boat, there are catfish in just about every canal, drainage ditch and bayou in the area.
      Fishing from the bank has its disadvantages but there is a way around it. This involves making the fish come to you.
      European catfish and carp anglers who typically fish exclusively from the bank use a system called “ground baiting,” which involves putting chum out with the bait. They attach a small cylindrical device above their swivel, which holds chum and dispenses it as the water rushes by. The problem is these rigs are not readily available in our marketplace.
      However, with a little ingenuity, taking a 35-millimeter film canister, punching a hole in the bottom and on the lid and then punching more holes along the side can make a similar device. This acts as a perfect chumming device and is very inexpensive.
      Not everyone has film canisters these days so the softer plastic aspirin bottles will also get the job done.
      Rig this above your swivel and weight, and then fill it with your favorite chum. Now you will not only be chumming the area you fish in but also bringing fish directly to your bait.
      Any kind of chum will work, but a mixture I have had some success with was menhaden oil (available through many mail order offshore supply catalogs) mixed with soured milo. The oil creates a huge chum slick and when it mixes with the milo, the smell is almost unbearable, which means catfish love it. The best part is that a little bit goes a long way.
     Something else to consider is using jack mackerel as bait.
     This oily fish is available in larger supermarkets in a can for less than $1, and I can attest it will bring in fish. While fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and tagging sharks for the Mote Marine Laboratory, my partners and I were able to chum in and catch nearly 40 sharks while using less than two cans of the stuff. It is oily and stinks to high heaven, so catfish should love it.
      For anglers interested in using film canisters to chum their bait, something else to consider is the use of a popping cork. Even if your bait is on the bottom, you can rig a popping cork above it and attach a baited film canister below. This will allow you to do some extra chumming and use the cork to “pop” the chum out whenever you want to release more.
     Another great tip for land bound anglers is to use braided line. In talking with several anglers who pursue brackish blues from the bank, I have learned that loosing striking fish can be a problem.
      I am not sure as to the reason but a definitely solution is using a braided line because they have no stretch. When making long casts with monofilament from the bank you have the potential for lots of line stretch when can make a poor hookset.
     Sixty yards of line might have five or six feet of stretch and that is plenty for a big blue to undo. When using a braid like Fireline, Gorilla Braid or Spiderwire you can forego these problems and greatly enhance your chances of putting some catfish in the frying pan.
     (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com. You can hear him on the radio Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on “Moore Outdoors” on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com and watch him Saturdays on GETV.org on “God’s Outdoors with Chester Moore”.)
     

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